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Affeldt's resurgence helps bullpen depth

Affeldt's resurgence helps bullpen depth

SAN FRANCISCO -- As seen in the final game of the National League Championship Series, the Giants usually have no issue in getting from their vaunted starters to All-Star closer Brian Wilson.

The main reason is the variety of arms the Giants can throw at opposing hitters, from strong-armed right-handers such as Santiago Casilla to side-arming lefty Javier Lopez.

"Our bullpen has done great a job for us this year and certainly saved us in the last game against the Phillies," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "We have a number of guys that we'll use in any role."

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The biggest bullpen hero in Game 6 of the NLCS was left-handed reliever Jeremy Affeldt, who pitched two scoreless innings and allowed zero hits. Because of lingering injuries that affected his consistency, Affeldt had a rough regular season, but in the NLCS, he evoked memories of his dominant 2009 campaign, in which he was named Setup Man of the Year.

Because of Affeldt's history and his latest outing, he could possibly regain his setup role in the World Series. Prior to Game 1, Bochy said he would use both Affeldt and Lopez in the seventh and eighth innings against tough left-handed hitters.

"Affeldt can help out there, too," Bochy said of the late innings. "It looks like he's back to where he was earlier in the season."

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